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Working As A Senior Technical Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $104,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Technical Consultant Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Senior Technical Consultant

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Senior Technical Consultant Career Paths

Senior Technical Consultant
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Technical Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Project Analyst
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Adjunct Professor Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 8.4%
Developer 3.1%
Programmer 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.2%

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Senior Technical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

79.9%

Female

16.7%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

19.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

French

13.0%

Carrier

9.1%

Portuguese

9.1%

German

6.5%

Mandarin

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Hindi

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Turkish

2.6%

Norwegian

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Kannada

2.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Konkani

1.3%

Tatar

1.3%

Afrikaans

1.3%
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Senior Technical Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

University of Houston

6.6%

Northeastern University

5.4%

New York University

5.1%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Purdue University

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

Villanova University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Temple University

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Western Governors University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.4%

Business

17.0%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Management

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Finance

3.4%

Information Systems

2.9%

Project Management

2.8%

Mathematics

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Accounting

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

30.6%

Other

15.2%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.4%
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Real Senior Technical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $187,830 -
$260,875
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $187,830 -
$313,050
Senior Technology Consultant Virtustream Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 28, 2016 $175,000
Senior Technology Consultant Virtustream Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 23, 2015 $175,000
SR. Curam Technical Consultant Datastaff, Inc. Parkton, NC May 23, 2016 $173,221
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2015 $172,178
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 01, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Consultan, Technologist EMC Corporation Cambridge, MA Aug 17, 2016 $158,950 -
$215,050
Senior Consultant, Technologist EMC Corporation Cambridge, MA Aug 06, 2015 $158,950 -
$215,050
Senior Technical Consultant Gspann Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 07, 2016 $157,500
Senior Manager-Technical/Senior Consultant Synechron, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $155,000
Senior Technical Consultant Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2015 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant ATG Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2016 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2016 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant-ATG Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Bruno, CA Jan 27, 2016 $114,800
Technology Senior Consultant Sap America, Inc. Calhoun, GA Sep 25, 2015 $114,414
Senior Consultant, Technology, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce.Com Deloitte Consulting LLP San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $114,401 -
$158,000
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Sunnyvale, CA Apr 14, 2016 $114,000
Senior Technology Consultant Attain LLC McLean, VA Mar 31, 2015 $114,000
Senior Technical Consultant Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 05, 2015 $98,904 -
$145,300
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Raritan, NJ Jun 22, 2016 $98,900
Senior Technical Consultant-Integration Specialist Summa Technologies, Inc. Sewickley, PA Dec 02, 2016 $98,821
Senior Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Oct 15, 2015 $98,700 -
$108,700
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Feb 26, 2016 $98,560
SR. Technical Consultant Automobile Club of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA Mar 03, 2016 $98,400 -
$110,885
Senior Technology Consultant Vocollect, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 05, 2016 $98,395
Senior Consultant-Technology, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce.Com Deloitte Consulting LLP Denver, CO Jul 30, 2015 $98,177 -
$158,000

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  • Developed complex PL/SQL procedures used to automate testing, schema comparisons and repetitive manual processes.
  • Managed data warehouse projects which included analysis of client data and existing technical infrastructure.
  • Designed and developed SAS databases for Customer Service reps for tracking Customer Satisfaction at representative and supervisor levels.
  • Configured Servers and Workstations, installed Windows XP and 2010 Enterprise Server with Active Directory and Server Security.
  • Developed country specific solutions to match the different financial operating procedures and configurations of subsidiaries.

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